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Week 9 fantasy football waiver wire pickups, trade candidates and start or sit roster decisions based on PFF routes run

Arlington, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore (2) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Opportunity is king in fantasy football, and chasing target volume has always been a winning strategy — especially in PPR leagues. PFF premium stats offers proprietary data that goes well beyond the box score, including routes run for every player on the depth chart.

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Targeting players who are running a high percentage of routes is a good strategy for identifying breakout candidates, DFS targets and the best waiver wire pickups. This weekly report will look at the previous week's rate of routes run per dropback compared to larger samples to find sleeper running backs, wide receivers and tight ends who are garnering more or less opportunities in the passing game heading into Week 9.

Last week's article highlighted the likes of Michael Pittman Jr., Deebo Samuel, Tee Higgins, Van Jefferson and Michael Carter as players whose receiving usage was likely to transform into fantasy production sooner than later.

This data does not include the Monday Night Football game between the New York Giants and Kansas City Chiefs.


Rate of routes run per dropback | Weeks 1-8
Player Routes run % of routes run per dropback
Adam Thielen 309 98%
Michael Pittman Jr. 324 97%
Terry McLaurin 331 96%
Ja'Marr Chase 275 95%
Cooper Kupp 288 95%
D.J. Moore 323 94%
Brandin Cooks 289 94%
Zach Pascal 313 94%
Jakobi Meyers 310 94%
Tyler Lockett 259 94%
DeVonta Smith 311 93%
Justin Jefferson 295 93%
Chris Godwin 352 92%
Keenan Allen 303 92%
Marvin Jones Jr. 289 92%
Robert Woods 277 91%
Darnell Mooney 262 91%
Deebo Samuel 238 91%
Robby Anderson 311 91%

Buy D.J. Moore. The fourth-year stud is one of only three wide receivers this season to rank top-six in both percentage of routes run per dropback (94%) and target share (27%).

Michael Pittman Jr. will not be denied his second-year breakout. The Colts second-year wide receiver put together his best performance of the season in Week 8, posting 10 catches for 86 receiving yards and two touchdowns on a whopping 17 targets.

He has officially achieved alpha status in the Indianapolis offense, and his second-ranked 97% rate of routes per dropback suggests his production will continue to stay high.

Rate of routes run per dropback | Last four weeks

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